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In Memory of

Melba Joyce Spavin

December 27, 1932 - May 13, 2017

Obituary


Melba Joyce Spavin, 84, passed away peacefully on Saturday May 13, 2017 at her home in Lutz, FL from long term complications of diabetes and stroke. Per her wishes, cremation rights have been accorded. A visitation for family and friends will be held on Thursday, June 1, 2017 from 10am - 12 noon at The Runge Mortuary. Private burial will take place RI Arsenal. Family and friends are also invited to gather at Melba's favorite eating establishment for a time of fellowship at Rudy's Tacos located at 326 Cedar St. Davenport, IA from 4-6pm. In...

Melba Joyce Spavin, 84, passed away peacefully on Saturday May 13, 2017 at her home in Lutz, FL from long term complications of diabetes and stroke. Per her wishes, cremation rights have been accorded. A visitation for family and friends will be held on Thursday, June 1, 2017 from 10am - 12 noon at The Runge Mortuary. Private burial will take place RI Arsenal. Family and friends are also invited to gather at Melba's favorite eating establishment for a time of fellowship at Rudy's Tacos located at 326 Cedar St. Davenport, IA from 4-6pm. In lieu of flowers, donations be made to a local not for profit Hospice. Online condolences may be expressed at www.therungemortuary.com


Melba was born December 27, 1932 to Herbert and Elvyn Durnell in Moline, IL, and was the younger of two children. Melba married the love of her life, William Edward Spavin of Carbon Cliff, IL, in 1956.

A lifelong woman of faith, she enjoyed studying the Bible and reading. Melba loved her family, her three kids, her grandkids and sharing good times with friends and neighbors. She was a great Midwest sports fan: she loved the Cubs, Bulls and the Bears, as well as the local Quad Cities teams. As a youth, Mel was an avid dancer, and she always enjoyed watching shows full of music and dance. She relocated to Florida in 2004 to be with family, and was very happy when all her children ended up living close to her once again.

She is survived by her three children, Dolores Lowe (Robert Macchione), David (Teresa) Spavin and Daniel Spavin. She has 4 grandchildren, Megan Lowe, Matt (Rose) Meyrer, Kelly Spavin, Jake (Miranda) Spavin, and two adorable great grandsons, Quentin and Kellan Spavin, her brother, Merle, and his children.

Her husband William preceded her in death in 2004. She will join him at the Rock Island Arsenal National Cemetery in a joyful reunion. She was also looking forward to seeing her beloved dog, Cappy who passed in 2016.

Mel's family would like to extend a very special thanks to their mother's caregiver, Janet Stanifer, and her children Karis and TJ. Without Janet's unwavering friendship and expert care, Melba would not have been able to continue living in her own home. Her son Dan also deserves recognition in helping with her care.